Elementary, March 27: Parable of the Prodigal Son

Hi Journey Kids parents!

Last week we looked at the first two parables in a three-part series. In the first parable, a shepherd leaves 99 sheep in search of one. In the second, a woman sets aside 9 coins in search of one. This one rounds out the series. It’s more intimate. A man has two sons – and one runs away. The father never fails to love his son. He waits and hopes and prays that his son will come home. When his son finally returns, his father doesn’t condemn or admonish his wayward son. He throws him a party. He celebrates his return. That’s what Jesus does when we turn back to Him.

When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [You can access the videos here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family.

Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:

Bible Story: Parable of the Prodigal Son

Big Idea: God’s love is never-ending and He celebrates when we go to Him for forgiveness.

Memory Verse: “But God is faithful and fair. If we admit that we have sinned, He will forgive us our sins.” 1 John 1:9 (NIrV)

After the video lesson and music, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:

I don’t know your story. I know how I’ve run from my Father – but I don’t know how you have. What I do know is that the Father is waiting for you to turn back. He is ready to offer you all the forgiveness you need – and will celebrate your return.